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LARIMAR STONE IMPORTANT INFO & FACTS

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LARIMAR STONE IMPORTANT INFO & FACTS

Larimar facts As a native of the Dominican Republic, we love and are proud of the Larimar stone our national stone and enjoy sharing its beauty and uniqueness with the world. Is Larimar a gemstone and does it only have blue colors Larimar is a rare blue pectolite with gem quality; this unique stone is found only in the Dominican Republic.  The other colors of Larimar are greenish blue hues, also gray and white speckles, all appearing in some breathtaking patterns. Fascinating Larimar specimens makes you marvel!  These stones have impurities, hematite, copper, calcite mixed with Larimar blue and blue-green...

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LARIMAR JEWELRY THE ESSENCE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Part II

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LARIMAR JEWELRY THE ESSENCE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Part II

This post is a continuation of a previous post. If you haven't read it yet, start here! LARIMAR JEWELRY THE ESSENCE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Part II American, Indian and Chinese are the main buyers of Larimar, with local intermediaries who deal with the miners in to obtain from both the miners and the buyers very interesting commissions. Many times the miners reserve for these buyers top quality Larimar which they sell in lots containing besides the AAA quality also AA and A qualities for a rounded price to have the opportunity to sell them all. Larimar stones bought by...

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LARIMAR JEWELRY ESSENCE OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - PART I

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LARIMAR JEWELRY ESSENCE OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - PART I

LARIMAR JEWELRY ESSENCE OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC A little Larimar stone history As the best kept secret of the Caribbean, Dominican Republic has all the resources necessary to be identified as a tropical paradise: beaches with different sand and sea water colors, lush vegetation, rivers, mountain ranges, with the highest peak of the Caribbean (3,098 m), lakes, among with the Enriquillo Lake with the lowest point (29m below sea level) in the Caribbean, as well as, all sorts of caves. But there is something more we are gifted with: A unique treasure, a pectolite with blue colors only obtainable in the...

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Larimar from the Dominican Republic! Oh Larimar!

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Larimar from the Dominican Republic! Oh Larimar!

LARIMAR, OH LARIMAR Learn about the beautiful Larimar from the Dominican Republic to you! When you learn about Larimar for the first time, your curiosity takes you immediately to the internet searcher of your preference and start looking for information on Larimar stone; you will find many sites telling the same story of Larimar. However, not all manage to express what inspired them to get involved with the Larimar stone, the excitement and enchantment it provokes when you see it for the first time. After almost twenty years working with this one of kind stone, you cannot stop admiring the...

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Larimar Gold Jewelry & The Larimar Shop

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Is there any standard for quality when handcrafting Larimar jewelry? There is no standard quality guide for our Larimar stone in the Dominican  Republic, so far the only place on earth where this unique blue semi-precious stone is mined! With its ample variety of blue, as well as, blue green shades and patterns the Larimar stone is with no doubt an awesome art of nature, pleasing the blue tone preference of every admirer. However, the truth is that the deep blue shades, similar to the azure shade, are considered the top quality, for they are rare and scarce! Is it possible for local...

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Larimar Jewelry Care

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Larimar Jewelry Care

Do you know how to keep your Larimar Jewelry looking as it was just purchased? As a unique semi-precious stone one should treasure every Larimar jewelry and once a week give it a special attention to keep it looking as new! To our best knowledge, we are giving you some tips to help you take care of your Larimar jewel! Larimar Jewelry Care To avoid any possible dullness and/or tarnishing, put your Larimar silver jewelry on last to avoid contact with lotions, hair and perfume sprays, gels, etc., to help you maintain your stone and silver setting shining. When using...

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Larimar Stone, the Blue Jewel of The Caribbean and its Synonyms

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Human beings tend to love phantasy, mystery and all sort of things that will arise curiosity, encountered feelings, hidden emotions, etc. involved in a person, in a place, in a subject, in a religion, in a movement, in stones be it precious or not! Our Larimar stone is not an exception to this fact and so, “Piedra Azul”, meaning Blue Stone, is the first name this unique blue pectolite received from the locals of Barahona, southwest of the Dominican Republic, who found small pieces of this blue stone occasionally. When finally this blue pectolite, semi-precious stone, was rediscovered by Miguel Mendez, from the...

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Larimar Workshops in Dominican Republic

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Larimar Workshops in Dominican Republic

Unique Larimar More than 40 years ago, Larimar, the blue hidden treasure of the Caribbean, was rediscovered and exposed to the world.  Classified as a rare blue pectolite, this semi-precious stone is only found and mined in the Dominican Republic. With the demand for this beautiful blue stone, a variety of small Larimar workshops in the Dominican Republic appeared. At the beginning, local artisans learned the art of handcrafting Larimar jewelry in a rudimentary way. Nowadays there are schools available to give new and unskilled artisans the opportunity to learn the art of making skilled handcrafted Larimar jewelry. The simplicity and beauty...

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Dominican baseball first steps

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Dominican baseball first steps

DOMINICAN BASEBALL According to the available information, it is not clear whether baseball was introduced in the Dominican Republic between 1886 and 1891 by Cuban immigrants or in 1916 during its occupation by the United States; Cuba was the first country in Latin America to receive this sport from the United States. The first championship between three national leagues was held in 1923; one of the main league “Licey” was established in 1907, this team defeated the two existing teams at that time, so “Licey’ had no rivals, encouraging the formation of a new team  “Escogidos” in 1921 with a...

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As Dominicans, one of our favorite dishes is pasta!

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As Dominicans, one of our favorite dishes is pasta!

In The Dominican Republic, we love spaghetti! According to some investigations, Spaghetti pasta was invented between 1000 and 1100 AD on the Italian Island of Sicily, although popular history says that it has its origin in China and that Marco Polo brought the knowledge of this food to Venice. We are not aware of who introduced the spaghetti pasta in the Dominican Republic but do know that the former state company Molinos Dominicanos started the production of this pasta approx. 65 years ago. Nowadays there are about four companies producing spaghetti pasta and other pasta products, nevertheless, customers have also...

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In the Dominican Republic we know how to have a great time!

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In the Dominican Republic we know how to have a great time!

This is how we do it in the Dominican Republic! It is always necessary to point out that natives of the Dominican Republic are of mixed origin, that is, we have, with the exception of a few, European, African and Taino Indian roots, and hence inheriting their cultures. Most probably that must be the reason why we are sort of special Caribbean creatures; we are very communicative, friendly, hospitable, funny; we love music, we like to dance and most of all have a great time getting together!! First steps It doesn’t take much to prepare a party; it is just a...

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Fried Fish at the Beach!

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Fried Fish at the Beach!

PECAO FRITO” IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IS A MUST! Are you coming to the DR? Are you already here? When visiting the Dominican Republic, a piece of paradise in the Caribbean, eating fresh fried fish at the beach is a must, it’s part of our folklore; you will get in contact with our way of enjoying life in a healthy way!!!!! From the Tainos we have inherited our love for fish, we have good fishermen, especially for fried fish or “pecao frito”(pescado frito) as pronounced by most Dominicans. Although we are an island, fish is much more expensive than meat. Dominican household...

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MYTHS OF THE COUNTRYSIDE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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Although the Dominican Republic and Haiti share the Hispaniola island, these are two completely different countries; in 1697,  Spain conceded to France a third part of the western side of the island as a peace agreement between these two nations who were at war. France brought to Haiti thousands of slaves from different African countries to work in the agriculture and mine fields. The exploitation of the richness of this French colony lasted until the revolution of the slaves in 1697 and finally the independence proclamation in 1804 by Toussaint Louverture. Contrary to Haiti, our side of the island remained...

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Popularity of plantains in Dominican Republic

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Arrival of the Musa Paradisiaca or Plantain in the Dominican Republic It is not very clear whether plantain was originated in Southeast Asia or in India; the thing is that it made its way to  Africa, Indonesia, tropical part of America, as well as, other regions of the world. As we find out there are two versions of the introduction of plantain (musa paradisiaca) in the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti on the western side and the Dominican Republic on the eastern side. If it was introduced by a Portuguese Franciscan Monk in 1516 or a Spanish Monk in 1519,...

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Coming back to the Dominican Republic

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Coming back to the Dominican Republic

As a Dominican living abroad, my biggest reward is to be able to come back home to my motherland and to the people that I best identify with. I left the Dominican Republic when I was 11 years old and since then, I've returned more times than I care to count. The excitement begins the minute the plane lands and everyone claps with joy.  The heat, the beating sun and the familiar smells of "home" are all things that hit my senses the minute I step off the plane. Nothing in the world can compare to the overwhelming feeling of...

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Dominican Larimar Jewelry: The Essence of the Dominican Republic - Part 2/2

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Dominican Larimar Jewelry: The Essence of the Dominican Republic - Part 2/2

Dominican silversmiths are practically new in this art, introduced in the Dominican Republic in the fifties, during the dictatorship of Trujillo,  in order to produce Amber jewelry with 925 silver. The designs of Dominican jewelry are of simple lines, charming, attractive and beautiful, appropriate for any age, any time and any outfit. Pear-shaped, teardrop and oval forms are the most popular symmetrical pieces Dominican artisans produce, but they prefer to make more irregular shape cabochons to take advantage of the Larimar slab, creating beautiful pendants, rings, bracelets and necklaces, impregnating every finished Larimar jewel with the real essence of the...

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Dominican Larimar Jewelry: Essence of Dominican Republic - Part 1/2

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Dominican Larimar Jewelry: Essence of Dominican Republic - Part 1/2

A little bit of history...     As the best kept secret of the Caribbean, Dominican Republic has all the resources necessary to be classified as a tropical paradise: beaches with different sand and sea water colors, lush vegetation, rivers, lakes, mountain ranges and all sort of caves. The Dominican Republic has the highest peak, Pico Duarte(3,098 m) and the lowest point, Lake Enriquillo (29m below sea level)  in the Caribbean. But there is something more we are gifted with: An unique treasure, a pectolite with blue colors only found and mined in the Dominican Republic; it has been named...

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A Day in a Dominican Household

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A Day in a Dominican Household

A Day in a Dominican Household It is said that natives of the Dominican Republic, located on the eastern side of the Hispaniola Island are Afro-Caribbean, but we should be called Blended-Caribbean because we are descendants of a blend of European, especially Spaniards, Africans and also Taíno Indians (very small percentage)! Oh no, we cannot deny our European or Indian heritage!! Well, due to the above, we have a mixed culture, manifested in our daily life and customs, making us what we are, special creatures, who like to enjoy life and overcome difficulties with courage and expectation for better times...

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